Sandra Miles Named New Dean of Students

Sandra Miles, Ph.D., has been appointed Vice Provost for Student Affairs — Dean of Students at UMKC by Interim Chancellor and Provost Barbara A. Bichelmeyer.

Miles has been Dean of Students at Indiana University Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC) in Columbus, Indiana, since 2016. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Central Florida, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Florida State University.

At UMKC, Dr. Miles will lead UMKC’s efforts to create a highly engaging and exciting student experience.

“I have found Sandra Miles to be an energetic, innovative and collaborative leader with an exceptional track record in student affairs and higher education,” Bichelmeyer said. “She will bring engaging leadership and cutting-edge ideas that will take UMKC and our student programs to new levels of success. Creating an outstanding student experience, improving student satisfaction and increasing student success are crucial parts of our job and we look forward to working with Sandra to achieve these goals.”

Miles has served IUPUC since 2011 as Dean of Students, Chief Diversity Officer, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, and University Ombudsman. During her tenure, the university experienced a steady increase in overall student satisfaction, with the percentage of students finding “value in the quality of student activities and support services” rising from 55 percent in 2011 to 70 percent in 2015.

“I am incredibly excited to join the Roo family! I look forward to engaging with students and meeting their unique needs while working alongside the dedicated and entrepreneurial staff and faculty at UMKC,” Miles said.

Miles will start at UMKC on August 1.

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